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Judge orders the re-inspection of troubled jail near Houston

1 year 11 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, September 26 2019 Sep 26, 2019 September 26, 2019 3:48 PM September 26, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

LIBERTY, Texas (AP) - A Texas judge has ordered a new inspection of a privately run jail near Houston that's been plagued by problems in recent months.

Florida-based The GEO Group, Inc. has operated Liberty County Jail since last year.

In the last 60 days, two prisoners have escaped from the jail, an on-duty correctional officer was arrested for stealing, and a prisoner hanged himself. There are no sheriff's deputies at the facility, which has already failed two inspections this year.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards in August threatened to cut the jail's capacity from 285 to 144 beds if GEO didn't come into compliance.

The Houston Chronicle reports that a judge on Tuesday ordered another inspection before the commission reconvenes in November.

GEO officials declined to comment.

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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